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Toronto, Feb 4 (Canadian-Media): Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday of the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom near the pyramids outside Cairo, media reports said.
Old tomb discovered outside Cairo. Image credit: phys.org
The tomb, according to official reports wss made of mud brick and included wall paintings and was in good condition depicting Hetpet -- a high high-ranking official thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt -- observing different hunting and fishing scenes.
Other scenes also reportedly depicted a monkey — commonly kept as domestic animals in pharaonic times — reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.
Similar scenes, according to the ministry's statement, were reported to have been found in other tombs belonging to the later 12th dynasty,
Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities who led the mission, believed there was still more to be found in Giza's western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt's Old Kingdom and said excavation work was underway for the other tomb.
"This is a very promising area. We expect to find more," Al-Waziri reported to have told reporters at the site. "We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb."
"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds," he added.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj)